It is appropriate for women to wear either casual pants or skirts. However, neither of them should be tight fitting. The best colors to wear include: navy, black, gray, brown and khaki and should not be wrinkled. For the most business-like appearance, pants should be creased, tailored, and properly fitting. When you are at your company, be sure to observe other women’s clothing to determine whether or not your clothing is appropriate.
Skirt length and slits:
All skirts should be at least knee length while you are standing and when sitting your thighs should be completely covered. On a knee length skirt, be sure the slit comes just above the knee; if the slit is any higher it will considered in appropriate. Longer skirts should not have a slit that would reach above the knee. On most skirts, a small slit in the center back of the skirt is the most appropriate. Slips should not be visible underneath skirts at any time.
Appropriate shirt choices for business casual include: tailored shirts or blouses, tailored knit sweaters and sweater sets. Fabrics should consist of cotton, silk, and blends that are appropriate. Velvets and other fabrics (including those that are shimmery) are suitable for parties are not appropriate. The fit of these shirts should be tight, but cleavage should never be showing.
Wearing a conservative watch is appropriate. Keep other jewelry and scarf choices simple and conservative. Avoid intense styles and colors when choosing scarves and jewelry. In a more creative environment, the idea of conservatism may not be an issue.
Avoid going over board with makeup by trying to keep your face looking natural and conservative. A little makeup is better than wearing none for a polished look. Finger nails should be clean and well groomed, but not extremely long or painted brightly.
Shoes should be made of leather or fabric/microfiber materials. Appropriate shoe colors include: black, navy, and brown. These colors should coordinate with your clothing and accessories. White and pastels are not appropriate for business casual. Shoes should cover your toes; however, sandals which are neither extremely dress nor extremely casual might be appropriate for certain events. Inappropriate shoes include: shoes with thin straps, high heels chunky heels, and platform shoes. Shoes should be comfortable to wear and to walk around in. Shoes that hurt your feet and make you wobble to not express positive business images.
Pantyhose are not required for business casual, but are recommended for skirts that are knee length and are worn in more formal environments such as hotels.
Purses or handbags should be kept small and simple. It is also appropriate to carry a small briefcase or a business like tote bag instead of a purse. Structured bags usually look more professional than a bag that is soft and floppy-looking. Purse and/or bag colors should coordinate with your shoes. A briefcase is not always necessary for most casual business events. Appropriate fabrics for the bags include: leather, microfiber, and fine woven fabric; however, canvas and straw bags are highly inappropriate.